Once you’ve decided to acquire a new kiteboard, the first thing to consider is what type of board you would like. The decision to select a foilboard must take into account the individual kiter’s skill level: the kiter will need to be fairly experienced, as foils demand certain technical skills.
Deciding between a twintip and a surfboard is rather harder. You can easily ride a twintip at a wave spot then use the waves as a kicker for jumps, for example. And you can just as easily use a surfboard in flat water and focus more on leisurely cruising or strapless freestyle.
Once you’ve reached a decision about the type of board, you should consider what riding style you prefer. For example, there are specialised kiteboards for freestyle riders which really aren’t well-suited for freeriding. And beginners will need different kiteboards to kiting pros. Our style-finder on the overview pages for the boards will help you make a choice.
Often you can get a kiteboard in various different designs (e.g. Jaime vs. Jaime Textreme; Wam vs. Pro Wam). The more sophisticated constructions offer significantly better performance. You need to think about whether that really is necessary for you or whether a simpler design will be adequate.
You should also take your physical condition into consideration. Kiteboards and twintips with softer flex and a more curved outline will be easier on joints in choppy water, but perform less well for jumps.
Once you’ve decided on a board design, the question is what size you will need. Both personal preference and body weight will play a role in this decision. Detailed information on the recommended sizes can be found on the product pages for the individual boards.